3 simple things you can do to be more productive in the day

3 simple things you can do to be more productive in the day

Everyone wants to be more productive but it is hard to get yourself pulled together sometimes. But luckily for you, I have been testing out some different ways to be super productive and know which ones work. I have 3 simple tips for being more productive during the day.

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Delete those apps

A few weeks ago, I decided to put my phone down for a week and was shocked by how much I got done when I didn’t have my phone in my pocket. But it wasn’t the phone, it was social media. After completing the experiment, I tried to keep at it but notifications from my social media apps became a real distraction. They had to go! Don’t get me wrong, your phone can be used for good or evil, so delete those apps that waste your time. There are so many great apps that you can use like Audible or Duolingo to help expand your mind and help you be more productive. But the benefits of ditching 24/7 access to social media is more than just getting stuff done. I slept better, I was calmer, and I didn’t miss watching the drama unfold between people I don’t know when I was making a cup of tea.

Switch off the TV

It shouldn’t be surprising that this is on the list, but it is true. I was terrible for sitting in front of the TV, some nights it was nearly four hours I was plonked. TV can be great, the kids love having the TV on in the background while they are playing. And I enjoy watching the odd programme. But having the Tivo box record shows for you, filling up its memory, you feel like you have to sit and watch them. I deleted a mountain of shows at the end of my TV experiment, I think I’ll stick to streaming from Amazon Prime Videoย or buying the DVDs rather than recording a mountain stuff. I’m not against watching the odd TV show but watching for hours at a time isn’t productive when you have a mountain of other stuff that you want to do.

1 hour blocks

If you have a long to-do list, then you need to break it down. I love breaking things into one hour blocks. Not only can I get around 10 different tasks done, they don’t seem as hard when I have a time limit. I might not get the task done completely, like all of the ironing, but I can put aside an hour the following day for it. Let’s face it, a lot of the stuff on our to-do lists are probably daily tasks anyway, so why not set aside an hour for each task? And if it is a big task, an hour a day will keep chipping away at it. It’s productive baby steps. And once you get into a routine and chip away at those bigger tasks, you have more free time to spend with your family and on your hobbies.

These methods have been tried and tested by me so I know that they work. The hardest thing about them is getting into a habit, or breaking those bad habits. But once you start with these 3 simple tips, the results that you will see are instant.

29 thoughts on “3 simple things you can do to be more productive in the day

    1. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s surprising how much time you free up when you put your phone down. I like to leave mine at home when I’m out and about now x

  1. These are such great and on-point tips! As soon as I delete the games from my phone, I have to actually get things done or go out of my mind with boredom. The TV I can ignore. Time blocking, too, I’ve used very effectively.

    1. I love time blocking! I got the idea from when I was in school and we had to do five or six different subjects within 6 hours. How did we do it? Time blocks.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I try to have no phone (social media/text) time. That’s a struggle for me. I am an expert with the tv idea. I only watch tv once every two weeks for about 2 hours. That’s mainly bc my daughters and i enjoy a good movie night.

  3. These are really, really good tips! I have social media on my phone, but I’ve learned to completely ignore the notifications! I only look when I want to (which is only for blogging!). I also love the 1-hour tasks – this is something I JUST learned from my mother and sister, who are living in the family’s huge home, and planning to move into a smaller, more easily maintained house. They go through old files, boxes, closets, etc. for only an hour a day. That’s how I finally figured out how to pack to move three weeks ago – it took all summer, but I was so not stressed!

    1. I must do a house moving post! My husband is a removal man and knows all of the tricks to get a house moved within a day. I forget how stressful it can for people who don’t empty their homes everyday! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Kids need to put their phones and get outside in the air a bit more. My kids always feel better after they have had some fun outside.

  4. Those deleting apps seems very effective. Never think of that before and now I’ll definitely try to have even more productive day.

    1. It’s very hard to ignore the apps when they are beeping away on your phone so I deleted them and haven’t missed them ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love this list. And it really works! All of these! It is surprising how time just gets sucked away from us, but successful people are people who have learned to manage their time instead of just going along and wasting time.

    1. I know! I caught myself on this morning flicking about on my phone when I have a massive to-do list! Need to take my own advice some days ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Productivity is always a problem. And with our smartphone we can be stuck on it without paying attention to the time.I have rule also, which is always to do the tough thing first and finish with simple things like emails and stuffs.

    1. That’s a great rule to have, I’m terrible at getting stuck replying to emails when I should be doing other (more important) stuff.

  7. oh my goodness I soooo need to do all of these! I am constantly checking Instagram and watching crap Tv when I should be doing productive things! Thanks for the reminder!

    1. I’ll put my hands up and admit that I am guilty of doing that too some days. Everyone needs a break from working but I forget to go back to work sometimes ๐Ÿ˜€

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